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High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World

Christopher Partridge

Abstract

For a number of complex reasons, humans are fascinated by drugs and altered states. Even if only momentarily, psychoactive substances lift people out of the ennui and pain of their everyday lives and, in some cases, introduce them to new visions of reality. It is no surprise, therefore, that the use of recreational drugs is rising. While, sadly, this also means that levels of addiction are increasing, many have used drugs as technologies to induce moments of meaning-making transcendence. Beginning at the close of the eighteenth century, this book traces the quest for transcendence and meaning ... More

Keywords: drugs, psychedelic, entheogen, mysticism, gnosis, Romanticism, religious experience, counterculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190459116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190459116.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Partridge, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Lancaster University